Monthly Archives: September 2013

Failure & Mistakes

Failure & Mistakes I have been thinking lately about failure and mistakes. Schools are arenas where we often isolate those who commit them (go to the principal’s office!) or put on probation those who do not perform well (code word: … Continue reading

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First Day of School Jitters

The first day of school. Just that phrase alone conjures up reactions spanning the emotional gamut from happiness and excitement, to fear and dread and just about every other emotional state in between. Until this year, my entire lifetime of … Continue reading

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Speed Transitioning

We’ve just completed our first PD day of the year. As a staff- new and returning- we’ve now been together for 30 days. DAYS. A good friend of mine in the US has been teaching with the same person- her … Continue reading

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Feedback for Effective Thinking

So I’m currently riding back to Shanghai on a fast train from Nanjing and I’m feeling energized and inspired. I spent the weekend at the Feedback for Effective Thinking conference hosted by Nanjing International School, and I have to say … Continue reading

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Same ol’ Samsung

Part of our responsibility of working in a boarding school is taking our advisory group of students on a weekend trip somewhere in Switzerland. It is a chance to bond with the students, obviously get them to know one another, … Continue reading

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Rules of Engagement

1. Know your students names. You have the latitude to mispronounce them once. In many cultures all of ones ancestry and history are embedded in a name. 2. Before launching into the year, find out something about whom they are … Continue reading

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So that’s why I left teaching…

Staying up late on Sunday night, grading papers. Year after year. For eight years. There’s nothing like grading a stack of essays, tests, and random homework assignments, and then entering them in the computer, to really make you not like … Continue reading

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Student Voice

So at the very end of last year, a handful of us sat down and took a hard look at our overall Middle School program, as well as the individual initiatives that have made us who we are. We wanted … Continue reading

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Digital; Literally

So, this is Valla. Yes, he gave me permission to use his likeness because that’s what responsible digital citizens do. He’s Iranian and he’s very, very skeptical. You can just see it in his face, can’t you? When the Principal … Continue reading

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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage Finally, it’s time to put all of that rich information from orientation into life as we set up the classroom! Sweating the Small Stuff I’m not sure if was the intense Manila humidity, or the overwhelming to-do … Continue reading

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